Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Columbus, Georgia
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I have the 56FH97, have had it for about two weeks, and I think that the SSE is about the same as the FH96. I compared the FH96 against the Sony XBR1 for weeks earlier in the year, and I found that the JVC had slightly more SSE than the Sony, but that it also did a better job of dealing with room reflections. Now that I have had first hand experience with a Panasonic PH9UK in our room (which has two walls of windows), and now with the FH97 in our room, I have come to the conclusion that the non-reflective coating on the Panasonic plasma does -- almost -- as good a job at dealing with reflections as the lenticular screen on the FH97. Almost, but not quite. One factor that I failed to consider with the plasma is that we look slightly up at the screen, and the A/R coating works better at that angle.
I really hate the SSE, but what can you do when you have an environment full of reflected light, both sunlight in the daytime and artificial at night? The choice is try to look through the reflections, or learn to live with the sheen. I am trying to do the latter...and it's not easy. On really good HD broadcasts, which are so very rare, the SSE is almost non-existent. I am amazed that the 17 channels of "HD" that my cable company sells, show 94% of the programming in 480...only very rarely does the TV show that it is receiving 1080i, but when it does you can really see the difference. Not only is the detail more striking, but the SSE is lessened. We are absolutely thrilled with the performance of the set given a clean 1080 signal. One other thing that I have noticed is that 720p looks like crap compared to 1080i... fortunately ABC is the only one that I get in 720, and I don't watch it much at all.
I have the Oppo 970 for the DVD player, and I think that it probably is the best $150 player that I have ever seen. However, one can occassionally see jaggies, so the anti-aliasing is not perfect, and one can definitely see SSE, especially on movies like LOTR. If the new Tosh XA2 was availabe right now I would order one, primarily because it is supposed to be the best upconverter ever made, but also because I want the 1080 input capability. I think that the Tosh will better deal with the SSE issue.